Share this entry

Share this page

shillelagh

Syllabification: shil·le·lagh
Pronunciation: /SHəˈlālē
 
/

Definition of shillelagh in English:

noun

A thick stick of blackthorn or oak used in Ireland, typically as a weapon.
Example sentences
  • Our whacking shillelaghs came over their heads,
  • Ballybunion, for instance, has 36 holes in the dunes, but 18 of them are great and 18 are such that you couldn't persuade me to play them even with a shillelagh.
  • You're as likely to get mugged and beaten in Ireland as anywhere else in Western Europe, and rest assured, you won't be beaten with a magical shillelagh.

Origin

late 18th century: from the name of the town Shillelagh, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Definition of shillelagh in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day snarf
Pronunciation: snärf
verb
eat or drink quickly or greedily